Virginia Tech Punter Brent Bowden Kicks Off College Football's Greatest Entrance

Justin CocchiolaCorrespondent IOctober 28, 2009

ATLANTA - SEPTEMBER 05:  Punter Brent Bowden #97 of the Virginia Tech Hokies against the Alabama Crimson Tide during the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game at Georgia Dome on September 5, 2009 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Everyone that watches college football, or sports in general, knows how great the Virginia Tech entrance onto Worsham Field is. It's arguably college football's greatest entrance.

On Thursday night against North Carolina, "Enter Sandman" will be blasting through the stands in Lane Stadium—but something will be different.

What, you ask? Brent Bowden, the Virginia Tech punter, will be performing the song. Not live, but Bowden pre-recorded his version of "Enter Sandman" and a video to go along with it, which will be played as the Hokies get ready to take the field against the Tar Heels.

Bowden, known as Sunshine by many Virginia Tech fans because of his long, flowing blonde hair, is apparently an avid guitar player. He's always wanted to perform the entrance and now he has his chance with the nation watching.

As word spreads around campus, students seem to be looking forward to it. "Enter Sandman" is played at many stadiums across the sporting world, but nobody reacts to the intensity of the song like Hokie fans.

A new twist, at least for one night, should be a lot of fun, and after classes—or should I say a long day of tailgating for many students—the reaction from fans will likely be strong.

It's unknown how far Bowden's version strays from Metallica's, but my guess is it will have Lane Stadium jumping come Thursday.

Hopefully Bowden can continue his strong senior season as his "Enter Sandman" will be on display for all to see.